Weekly TV Wrap Up – June 11, 2009

Published 6 years ago by , Updated August 22nd, 2013 at 5:16 pm,

television p Weekly TV Wrap Up   June 11, 2009Today in Screen Rant’s weekly TV Wrap Up, we have some great casting news for 24, we’ll be talking about David Carradine’s appearance in Fox’s new show Mental and we also have some Heroes casting news, the possibility that My Name Is Earl may be getting new legs, some news on Ghost Whisperer, The Sarah Connor Chronicles coming to DVD and a bit about Futurama‘s, err, future.

We’ll wrap it up with ratings from last week.  This week in the ratings section, I thought I’d try something new and toss in some cable viewer numbers.

24 Gets More Cast Members

I’ve previously reported that Freddie Prinze Jr. had joined 24 and now Fox has added more cast members to the popular action series.

The actress I’m most excited about seeing come on board is Katee Sackhoff.  Sackhoff played the tough-luck viper pilot Kara Thrace / Starbuck on Ronald D. Moore’s Battlestar Galactica and did a believably depressing characterization of Kara Thrace.

Sackhoff will be playing expert CTU data analyst Dana Walsh and I can’t wait to see what she brings to 24.

Also on board are Mykelti Williamson (Forest Gump) as the man in charge of CTU, Brian Hastings.  John Boyd will play CTU analyst Arlo Glass, Chris Diamantopoulos and Jennifer Westfeldt (Grey’s Anatomy) is an ambitious journalist with ties to the situation as it unfolds.

The Emmy Award-winning drama starring Kiefer Sutherland returns for its next day with a two-night, four-hour premiere beginning Sunday, Jan. 17th, 2010 (9:00-11:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX.

I can’t wait.

Source:  FOX

Fox Will Still Air Their David Carradine Episode

Despite the sadness surrounding the events of recent time with David Carradine passing on, Fox is still planning to air the episode of their new show, Mental in which Carradine appears.

Mental is Fox’s newest House-like medical drama.

Carradine will play a famous professor, author and philosopher named Gideon Graham.  Graham lapses into a non-responsive catatonic state after he gets struck by lightning.

It will be an odd and sad episode indeed.  I’m not sure how I feel about this, but I am sure that with recent events, the episode will probably net higher than expected viewer numbers.

Source:  The Washington Post


darth maul Weekly TV Wrap Up   June 11, 2009

Earlier this month, a fellow Screen Rant scribe wrote about Robert Knepper and Madeline Zima joining the cast of Heroes.  We can now add a few more names to that list.

Ray Park (who played Darth Maul in Star Wars: Episode 1 and is in the new upcoming G.I. Joe movie) and Deanne Bray have also signed on the dotted line to appear in multiple episodes.

The word is that Park will be playing the role of a knife thrower while Bray will be the deaf love interest of one of the main characters.

Speaking of Heroes, NBC announced on June 4th the release of The Heroes Comic Reader for the iPhone.

The NBC press release states:

“Fans can pick up where the on-air story leaves off with original graphic novels that extend and deepen stories and characters.”

If that’s your thing, then this is a neat add-on for franchise for fans.

Source: NBC, Entertainment Weekly

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  1. I love My Name is Earl, and really hope they pick it up!

    I also happy that Futurama is getting a reboot!

  2. All we can do is hope Casey!

    It’s a renewal Casey. A reboot is a phrase used when someone comes along and rips a theme from an old show, switches up and injects new scenarios and then call it either a reboot or a “reimagination” of the original.

    Just so ya know.

    Thanks for coming by!

  3. I think Gary Bettman, the NHL Commissioner, should get his sorry butt fired by the owners if the Stanley Cup FINALS can’t draw more viewers than the putridly awful Jon & Kate. The man has been helping destroy the league for 20 years and needs to be gone sooner than later.

    Good news about Futurama. I love that show. I loved it from the first episode when Bender had a brick fall out of him after getting surrounded. Great, great writing.

  4. OH, and Bruce, thanks for including the cable numbers!!

  5. No problem Andy S.

    It is a selective set of numbers… The cable stats. I didn’t think people cared about Spongebob or WWE or Hannah Montana.

    Call it a hunch.

    The only time you’ll see those numbers is when they’re in the top spots.

  6. Variety just broke the news that talks between FOX and TBS have broken off and that Earl is done.
    The show is over,,,

  7. Yay, more Futurama. Death by snoo-snoo for everyone! :D
    Like Earl a lot too.

    Ray Park is cool. Hope he gets a cool character to play, and not just a brief baddie. Someone mentioned this on here a while back so well done them.

    Reality tv depresses the hell out of me. Don’t really hate it as don’t bother watching it, just that so many people do.

  8. Out of all of those shows The Simpsons, Futurama, Family guy, south part. I always thought Futurama was the best. The show always told an entertaining story and made you laugh your ass off sometimes even made you think it was just a smart smart show. I can’t think of one episode that wasn’t good from the beginning all the way down to the end. Glad to hear it’s back, but afraid as well. I loved Family Guy back in the day, but when they brought it back it just didn’t feel like the same show anymore it was never as good.

    Honestly I liked the first season of My Name is Earl after that the show got old fast. I kind of think it was a poor idea for a show and really had not lasting appeal beyond one season.